Northampton man banned from keeping pets for 10 years after causing ‘unnecessary suffering’ to his pup

A Northampton man had been convicted of two animal welfare offenses after he failed to get proper care for a puppy.

Vince Shelton, of Birchfield Road East, was tried in absentia at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on March 1 and found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of a male Cane Corso puppy named Arturo.

Shelton failed to provide adequate or effective professional veterinary care for a fractured and damaged dew claw in Arturo’s left hind leg.

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Arturo was arrested by the police. Photo: RSPCA.

The RSPCA had been contacted after the pup was diagnosed with a broken tibia and the owner failed to return the pup to the vet for further treatment – despite follow-up calls.

RSPCA inspector Helen Smith attended a location with police in March last year and the puppy was seized by police.

Arturo was alert and responsive but didn’t fully bear his weight on his back leg and didn’t have a bandage on his wound.

A veterinarian who examined the pup said in his professional opinion that the failure to seek further veterinary care caused Arturo unnecessary pain and suffering.

Speaking after the case, Inspector Smith said: ‘The defendant failed to protect Arturo from pain, injury and suffering because he failed to follow proper veterinary advice to left tibia fracture.

“Due to the lack of treatment, the vet reported that the dew claw on the rear left appeared to be draining and was damaged and detaching from the leg at the base.

“As a pet owner, we all have a responsibility to protect our pets and to seek veterinary treatment if they are in pain – as in this incident poor Arturo is said to have suffered as a result of such a serious injury.”

It was also forbidden to keep all animals for 10 years.

A restraining order has been issued for Arturo and a second puppy. Both were taken into the care of the RSPCA and Arturo made a full recovery.

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